Japan Aug industrial output falls 0.7 pct mth/mth

Reuters

TOKYO, Sept 30 (Reuters) - Japanese industrial output fell0.7 percent in August from the previous month, government datashowed on Monday, but analysts see factory activity staying ontrack for a gradual recovery backed by a pick-up in exports andfirm domestic demand.

The fall compared with a median forecast by economists for a0.4 percent decline, following a 3.4 percent gain in theprevious month, data from the Ministry of Economy, Trade andIndustry (METI) showed.

Manufacturers surveyed by the ministry expect output to rise5.2 percent in September and increase 2.5 percent in October,the data showed.

The ministry kept its assessment of factory outputunchanged, saying it was showing a moderate pick-up trend.

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